Glottobank - People
Quentin Atkinson is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Auckland and co-director of the Language, Culture and Cognition Lab. His research uses computational modeling tools to study the evolution of language and culture. He is co-leader of Glottobank.
Russell Gray Ph.D. (Univ. Auckland), FRSNZ, is the Director of the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. He is sponsor and co-leader of Glottobank.
Wolfgang Barth works on data discovery and formation. He finds and sorts kinship systems and numeric systems for Parabank.
Damián Blasi is a postdoc at the University of Zürich and an external member of the MPI SHH where he uses large-scale typological databases to make inferences on the relevance of non-linguistic factors on linguistic structures, and provides general statistical assistance for Glottobank.
Remco Bouckaert is a research fellow affiliated with the University of Auckland, and developing new methods to infer deep language relationships using the Glottobank data.
Claire Bowern (PhD, Harvard, 2004) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. She is a specialist in historical linguistics and language documentation, with particular reference to the languages of Australia - Yale Pama-Nyungan Lab. She does fieldwork in northern Australia on Yolŋu and Nyulnyulan languages and her reference grammar of Bardi appeared in 2012. Her current research involves the possible differences between languages spoken by hunter-gatherer groups and the better-studied languages of agriculturalists. She has led an interdisciplinary initiative funded by the National Science Foundation’s Human Social Dynamics program to investigate hunter-gatherer language change, including differences in loan rates, material culture nomenclature, and ethnobiology.
Thiago Chacon is a professor at the University of Brasilia, who works with languages from the Northwest Amazon. He is involved with historical, typological and descriptive linguistic research, as well as interdisciplinary projects aimed at explaining linguistic diversity from a broad historical perspective. Within Glottobank, Thiago is involved in Parabank, Lexibank and Phonobank.
Jeremy Collins is a PhD student at Radboud University, Nijmegen and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, researching language structures and what their distributions can show about prehistoric relatedness and contact between languages. He is a Grambank designer and feature patron.
Luise Dorenbusch studied linguistics in Leipzig and Nijmegen and has worked at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology and the MPI for Psycholinguistics. Currently based in Leipzig, she codes language data for Grambank with a focus on the non-Pama-Nyungan languages of Australia.
Michael Dunn studies the evolution of language structure and the history of language families. His work combines traditional linguistic methods with computational (phylogenetic) approaches from the biological and ecological sciences. Michael is Professor of General Linguistics at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Nick Evans is a typologist and anthropological linguist specialising in Australian and Papuan languages. He is an ARC Laureate Professor at the Australian National University and director of the ARC Research Centre for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). Within Glottobank he is a member of the Parabank Collective and an Associated Collaborator in Grambank.
Robert Forkel is responsible for strategies and infrastructure for data curation and presentation within the consortium, bringing in the experiences gathered in the CLLD project.
Simon Greenhill studies how languages evolve using computational methods and large-scale cross-linguistic databases. He is currently a research fellow in the ARC Research Centre for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), and at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. His role in this project is design and analysis of Lexibank and Parabank.
Harald Hammarström has a background in linguistics and computer science. He is working in the Grambank project in the design, planning and management as well as website programming and occasional coding.
Martin Haspelmath is a senior scientist at MPI-SHH Jena and a professor at Leipzig University. He was one of the creators of the World Atlas of Language Structures (2005) and was heavily involved in feature design in the Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures (2013). He is a senior advisor in the Grambank project.
Hannah Haynie is a postdoctoral associate at Colorado State University, conducting research on the evolution and geography of language and culture. As a historical linguist, she has worked primarily on languages of North America and Australia, and holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California Berkeley. Hannah is a Grambank designer and feature patron.
Paul Heggarty is a senior scientist at MPI-SHH Jena. Within Glottobank, he contributes linguistic, archaeological and genetic perspectives to Bayesian phylogenetic analyses of Indo-European origins. He runs the CoBL database project on Cognacy in Basic Lexicon, starting with a database for the Indo-European family, a successor to IELex by Michael Dunn. He also runs the Sound Comparisons database project for exploring diversity in phonetics across language families from around the world.
Roberto Herrera is a research assistant working on the Grambank and Parabank projects since June 2015. He is based in Leipzig and works mostly on languages of the so-called Intermediate Area in the Americas.
Jessica Katiuscia Ivani is a PhD student at the University of Pavia, conducting typological research on the morphosyntax of grammatical features, with a focus on nominal number and gender. Within Glottobank, she is involved in the Parabank project.
Olga Krasnoukhova is a member of the Grambank project and is responsible for coding data on South American languages. Her research interests lie in linguistic typology and areal linguistics focusing on South American languages. Her doctoral thesis (2012) investigated syntactic and morphosyntactic characteristics of the Noun Phrase components. Olga is also one of the designers of the SAILS database (http://sails.clld.org/).
Jakob Lesage is a PhD student at INALCO in Paris and is part of the Adagram (http://llacan.vjf.cnrs.fr/AdaGram/#nogo) project based at the research unit "Langage, Langues et Cultures d'Afrique Noir" (LLACAN), where he is working on a (coder-friendly) grammar of Kam, an Adamawa language of northeastern Nigeria. He is a Grambank feature patron and occasional coder.
Stephen Levinson is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. His work focusses on language diversity and its implications for theories of human cognition. He is a designer and senior advisor on the Grambank project.
Johann-Mattis List is a post-doctoral research fellow currently pursuing an interdisciplinary research project on Chinese dialect history in Paris. In his research, he generally follows a data-driven, empirical, and quantitative perspective on language change and language history, with a focus on computer-assisted approaches that mediate between classical and computational approaches. He is theoretically and practically involved in the LexiBank and PhonoBank projects.
Luke Maurits is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Auckland, with a background in mathematics and cognitive science. He works on Bayesian modelling of linguistic and cultural change, and is the principle developer of the BEASTling software package, which aims to make computational historical linguistics more accessible, automatable and replicatable.
Nataliia Neshcheret is a Grambank language coder from Kiel, where she is doing her Master's. Her research interests are computational linguistics and speech processing.
Johanna Nickel is a master's student at CAU Kiel, where she studies Language & Variation and Scandinavian studies. Her role at Grambank is to code languages.
Sören Pieper is a Grambank coder from Kiel. He is in the final stages of his MA in Language and Variation and Political Science at the University of Kiel. He is currently writing his MA thesis in typology concerning the cross-linguistic diversity of antipassives.
Kyla Quinn is a PhD student in the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is researching whether syncretism can be used as a tool for diagnosing phylogeny and contact relationships between languages. Kyla is also interested in morphology and paradigms, their description and visualisation. Kyla is one of the designers of Parabank.
Linda Raabe is a bachelor student at CAU Kiel, where she studies empirical linguistics. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Martine Robbeets is a research group leader at MPI-SHH Jena. With her team, she plans to contribute data on the Transeurasian languages to Grambank, Parabank and Lexibank. Project website here.
Hedvig Skirgård is a PhD student in linguistics at ANU and one of the designers and patrons in Grambank. She was previously employed as a coder within the Nijmegen Typological Survey which is the precursor to Grambank . Her role in Grambank is to help manage and coordinate coding of languages and the design of the questionnaire. She is the patron for 48 Grambank features, including features concerning negation and tense & aspect. Her PhD project is on factors influencing the diversification of languages, what is it that makes Samoa so different from Vanuatu? The PhD project is a part of the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity.
Jana Winkler is a master's student of Language & Variation and English Language, Literature & Lingustics at CAU Kiel. She has an interest in creoles. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Alena Witzlack-Makarevich is an assistant professor at the University of Kiel. Her role in GramBank is to supervise the coders at the University of Kiel. She is also a patron of twenty feature related to grammatical relations and alignment.
Giulia Barbos is a Grambank language coder based in London. She is part of the SOAS team and she holds a degree in Linguistics and International Relations. She has an interest for the area of intersection of language/discourse and the political sphere. In particular, she is passionate about language change and variation in political discourse, including transformations at the lexical, morphosyntactic, and discourse-pragmatic levels.
Biu Rainey is a BA student at SOAS. Outside of coding languages with Grambank, his study focusses on language and identity on the internet, particularly the orthography of memes and online/offline code-switching.
Jay Latarche is the team coordinator (and coder) at SOAS University, London, and particularly enjoys coding from East Asian language families. He is currently interested in conducting further research on logogram amnesia in Mainland China. He is also interested in transgender specific speech patterns in Mandarin Chinese.
Amna Raja is a Grambank coder at SOAS who has so far coded languages from the Americas and Africa with outlooks towards other continents. She enjoys reading, kickboxing and henna.
Nancy Bakker (formerly Nancy Poo) studied German and English in Potsdam as well as linguistics and Islamic Studies in Kiel. She is now a teacher for German as a foreign language and codes languages for Grambank.
Erika Weinberger is a PhD candidate at the University of Kiel. Her research project is concerned with verb agreement domains, combining comparative typological methods with a case study on optional verb agreement in three related Bantu languages. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.
Eloisa Ruppert is a coder from Kiel. She is currently doing her master’s degree in Language and Variation and Scandinavian Studies.
Tobias Weber is a research associate at the University of Kiel. His research interests include diachronic typology, grammatical relations, and the languages of Southeast Asia. Within Glottobank, he is involved in the Grambank project.
Jemima Goodall is a Grambank coder based at the SOAS university team in London. She is currently a Linguistics BA student at UCL.
Hans-Philipp Göbel codes languages for Grambank. He is a bachelor student in empirical linguistics and scandinavian studies at CAU Kiel. In his masters programme he wants to focus on language typology.
Marilen Johns is a Master's Student at CAU Kiel and is coding languages for Grambank. She is studying Language and Variation and European Ethnography, and is interested in the differences of vulgar speech between English and German.
Mandy Lorenzen is a bachelor student in Empirical Linguistics and German at CAU Kiel. Her role in Grambank is to code languages.